Do you know anyone with financial and growth expertise who would be interested in joining the Campaign Bootcamp board of trustees? If so, please send them this blog!
So….what’s going on? We launched Campaign Bootcamp back in 2012 as a one off training. The first training was a big success and the graduates all chipped in to help make the second camp happen. Since then we’ve become a charity, got some lovely press, won funding from prestigious funders and most importantly built a 400+ strong community of activists who are working on some of the biggest issues of our time. We are a small team, with a supportive and excellent board.This year we’ll run our 17th Bootcamp!
We always see strong demand for our trainings and have been racing to build a charity which can meet that demand. In 2019 we want to enter a new phase of growth, delivering three training programmes in the UK while launching a research and development programme within and beyond the UK.
Our trainings are designed to be accessible to people outside the privileged elite. Last year 73% of recent graduates were women; 48% came from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds (BAME); 39% identified as working class; and 30% identified as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ+).
Our three UK training programmes are:
- Our Everyday Activism programme, is a local training programme which supports people to run their first campaign
- The Bootcamp Residential is a week-long campaign training programme; followed by a year of further learning and community support. Packed full of workshops, great speakers, discussion groups and real life scenarios; attendees learn what it takes to run effective campaigns and find their place in the movement.
- Train the Trainer is a new training program designed to support people to pass on what they know to other up and coming campaigners.
How does the finance function work now?
We have always taken financial management seriously and offer all of our team budget management training, to ensure they are comfortable managing their delegated budgets and using our systems.
The day to day financial management is carried out by our excellent Head of Finance and Finance Officer. They will shortly be joined by a Finance Manager. Together they ensure that the trustees and management team receive detailed management accounts every month.
We have been audited since 2016.
Why do you need more trustees? Our board of trustees is excellent, with expertise across a wide range of issues. However, as we grow we know we’re going to encounter a plethora of new challenges and want to make sure we have a range of professional and life experience on the board, to help us find the right path for us.
What do the trustees do? Our trustees meet 4 times a year as the full board to help us make sure we’re running an effective and efficient charity focussed on delivering our mission and vision:
- Our vision is a world in which people impacted by injustice have the tools and skills they need to end it.
Our mission is to support people to run effective campaigns that challenge injustice.
- We’d invite you to sit on our Finance and Risk Committee which would mean you would also meet as a committee for 2 hours every three months. Almost all of these meetings are virtual, using video conferencing systems.
If you apply for this trustee role we would invite you to join our finance committee which would mean you’d need to attend the finance committee meetings which happen four times a year, normally in the week before the full board meeting. They are usually two hours long and happen virtually.
We have deliberately built strong links between the board and staff team, to ensure that the trustees are aware of how our charity is working, and to ensure that all staff members understand the roles, responsibilities and interests of trustees.
We can pay for travel and accommodation expenses if you travel to the meeting, but we can’t pay you for your time.
Sounds great! So what exactly are you looking for?
We’re looking for two people to join the board and sit on the finance committee. Your focus would be on ensuring we have the information we need to grow in a controlled and efficient way. We’re hoping to see two groups of people apply:
- A senior professional who has 10+ years supporting ambitious organisations to scale. You would ideally have been a member of a board in the past.
- A mid-career professional who has 5+ years experience in seeing organisations grow. You don’t need to have experience in the charity sector.
Working with with the finance committee you would support our work across some of the following areas:
- Supporting our annual planning process to ensure we always have an up to date business plan.
- Supporting the team as they turn our annual plan into a budget.
- Scrutinising the financial reports including quarterly forecasts and monthly management accounts.
- Supporting and challenging the finance team as they go through the the annual audit process
- Supporting with fundraising and fund management.
- Reviewing the preparation and result of our annual statutory accounts.
- Supervising the risk register we prepare as a charity.
I’m interested! What next?
Great, send me an email ([email protected]) with your CV/LinkedIn and we can go from there.
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